LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Saint Patrick's Day often has plenty of politics mixed in with the Irish cheer. Saturday at Philander Smith College, Women Lead Arkansas pushed to get more women involved in that political discussion.

The luncheon is meant to be a workshop, and the goal is for women interested in public office to speak with other women already serving in politics.

"In this election, about a quarter - less than a quarter - of the candidates are women, and of course, we are at least half of the population. So, we just believe that women need more voices at the table," explained group founder Stephanie Harris.

The small percentage of women running in elections is true to both parties. Twenty-two percent of the 132 Republican candidates running this year are women along with 23 percent of the 88 Democrats campaigning this year.